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Determinism

The interplay between the Arabs' lack of a sacred scripture of their own and the culture that prevailed prior to the coming of Islam lay the groundwork for the acceptance of ideas and conceptualizations that were foreign to Islam and which were bound to colour our perceptions of it. One such idea was that of Determinism (al-jabriyyah), that is, the belief that human beings have no genuine free will and that everything we do is predetermined by Fate. Determinism is alien to an Islamic perspective, which places great importance on the moral code and people's accountability before God for their choices and actions. Islam does not acknowledge the notion that God controls human beings' decisions as one of its premises.

Concise Speech

The Prophet (peace be upon him) was sent to address people of every level, from ignorant seventh-century bedouins to those of the highest intellectual and scientific achievements, until the Day of Judgment. No one has yet been able to disprove what he said. Accordingly, after we scrutinize his Traditions and the Quran, we realize that they complement each other in style and content. Moreover, there is no contradiction between them and established scientific knowledge. Ever since the Revelation, billions of people have found in the Quran answers for their intellectual problems, cures for their spiritual diseases, and models for their behaviour in all circumstances.

China-Turkey Determined to Revive Old Silk Road

By Assad Bhuglah

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Throughout history, the Ottoman rulers and the Chinese dynasty have maintained cordial relations. Though separated by geography and falling at the two extremes of the Asian continent, the two civilizations were connected by the old Silk Road, to such an extent that the Turkic Uyghurs form part of the officially recognized ethnic minorities of China who live in the Xingjian province. Following the collapse of the Ottoman empire in the aftermath of World War I and the emergence of modern Turkey, the Sino-Turkish relations have remained idle for long time. Turkey recognized the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on 5 August 1971. Despite the fact that Turkey pursues One-China policy and recognizes the PRC as the sole legal representative of China, the Sino-Turkish relations have seen ups and downs mainly because Ankara’s NATO alliance and Beijing’s treatment to the Turkic Uyghurs.

Abnormalities

Those upholding the Shariah and those in a position to explain its legislative rules ought to take a firm stand to prevent deviations and discrepancies by teaching and guidance that will eradicate them and expose superficial ideas and corruption. It is reported in a Tradition that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said to Abd Allah ibn Amr ibn al-As: "I have been informed that you pray all night and fast during the day!" Abd Allah said, "I answered: '(Yes) I do.'" The Prophet then said: "If you do so, your eyesight will become weak and you will become weak. There is no doubt that your body has a right over you, and your family has a right over you. So fast (for some days) and do not fast (for some days), and pray for some time and then sleep." [Bukhari]

Biometrics, Security and Travel

By Assad Bhuglah
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Biometrics is the science of analysing physical or behavioural characteristics specific to each individual in order to be able to authenticate his/her identity. It has quickly established itself as the most pertinent means of identifying and authenticating individuals in a reliable and fast way, through the use of unique biological characteristics. Biometrics technology is being widely used for automated recognition in the fields of travel, immigration, visa applications. It speeds up border crossing through the use of scanners, which use the principle of recognition by comparison of the face and/or fingerprints. Many countries have set up biometric infrastructures to control migration flows to and from their territories. Fingerprint scanners and cameras installed at border posts capture certain types of information that help identify travellers entering the country in a more precise and reliable way.

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